May 11, 2019
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
#ThisGen2019 is a youth empowerment forum hosted by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, a volunteer-driven non-profit organization that hosts the annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.
This inaugural one-day event is designed to engage youth in the Southern California community and empower them for the future. The interactive forum will feature a diverse group of speakers, giving attendees the opportunity to learn about breaking barriers, overcoming obstacles, and following their passions and dreams. Attendees will leave feeling inspired to be courageous, confident and intentional with the choices that impact their lives. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!
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DARAIHA GREENE, Keynote Speaker
Global Head of Strategic Partnerships, Google
Daraiha J. Greene is the Global Head of Strategic Partnerships on the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion team at Google. She develops relationships with external organizations, influencers, key opinion formers, and media / entertainment executives to shape community sentiments in service of recruitment, retention and pipeline goals. For more information about Daraiha, visit this article.
Twitter: @daraihasunshine; Instagram: @daraihasunshine
VIVIAN CHAN, Panelist
Culinary Producer & Host, Food Network
Vivian Chan is a native Brooklynite who has a passion to feed, teach and engage people with food. She discovered how best to combine her media roots and love for food at the Food Network. She creates content for many digital platforms for Discovery brands and is the face of Food Network Kitchen. Today, she is the host of Food Network’s Monday Bites, Let’s Eat and Viv’s Tips. Vivian is also a recurring judge for Christmas Cookie Challenge, Beat Bobby Flay and Worst Cooks in America. She resides in Brooklyn, New York and lives by this motto, Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.
MIRAI NAGASU, Panelist
2018 Olympic Bronze medalist, figure skating
Mirai Nagasu, Two-Time Olympian, has never backed down from a challenge. She became the first American female figure skater to land a triple axel in an Olympic Winter Games. Mirai performed the difficult three-and-a-half revolution jump, helping Team USA win a Bronze Medal in the Olympic Team event. For more information about Mirai, visit www.mirainagasu.com
KATELYN OHASHI, Panelist
Gymnast, University of California, Los Angeles
Katelyn is a student-athlete in her senior year at UCLA and is a six-time All-American in the sport of gymnastics. A native of Seattle, Ohashi was named the 2018 NCAA and Pac-12 Floor Exercise Co-Champion, while the Bruin squad earned the 2018 NCAA Team Champion title. The four-year member of the USA Gymnastics’ National Team has scored five career perfect 10s, including her floor routine that went viral in January, 2019. Ohashi is a gender studies major who possesses a passion for poetry and uses her platform to promote the importance of body positivity.
QUINTON PERON, Panelist
NFL Cheerleader, Los Angeles Rams
Quinton is a professional dancer, cheerleader, choreographer and a youth advocate. Quinton’s main goal in life is to educate our youth and inspire them to pursue their dreams because anything is possible!
DAVE PIENDAK, Panelist
Comedy Segment Producer, The Late Late Show with James Corden
Dave Piendak is a television producer with over 10 years experience in late night comedy and daytime talk. He is currently a Comedy Segment Producer on the Emmy Award-winning The Late Late Show with James Corden and has worked on the show since its first season in 2015. He has overseen live in-studio and pre-taped field segments that have received millions of views on YouTube and over 18+ million YouTube subscribers. Dave was one of the show’s producers featured in Variety’s 2017 Artisans Elite Impact Report.
SARAH TOUTANT, Panelist
University of Southern California Doctoral Student in Urban Education Policy
Sarah Toutant is a PhD student of Urban Education Policy at University of Southern California (USC) as Dr. Shaun Harper’s advisee and serves as a research associate in the USC Race and Equity Center. Prior to her current graduate work, Sarah graduated from USF in 2016 with a BA in both Sociology and Critical Diversity Studies. After graduation, Sarah earned a Master’s of Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at USC. For more information about Sarah, visit her LinkedIn.
RUBEN DARIO VILLA, Panelist
Designer at Google & Founder of Fúchila Fresheners
Ruben Dario Villa was born and raised in San Jose, CA and moved to Gilroy at 12. He is one of 3 children to Dario and Carmen Villa, Mexican immigrants and all around hustlers. Ruben works full-time as a visual/UX designer at Google in Mountain View, CA. Founder of Fúchila Fresheners, he is a “working” Chicano artist and runs his newly formed creative agency: Chips & Guac. Ruben is married to his best friend Vero and has two ridiculously cute kids Luna de Aztlan and Teocalli Calixto.
Instagram: @Mr.Fuchila @fuchilafresheners; Facebook: FuchilaFresheners; Twitter: @fuchilafresh
JESS ROSALES, Host and Moderator
Jess Rosales is a sports reporter and entertainment host as seen on FS1, HBO Latino, ESPN Deportes, TVG and an in-arena host for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Rose Bowl Game. A graduate of California State University, Jess has been in the reporting industry for over 10 years.
Each attendee will also receive complimentary breakfast, lunch and gift bag.
9:20AM “BREAKING BARRIERS” WITH MIRAI NAGASU, KATELYN OHASHI AND QUINTON PERON
The ups and downs in finding your dream, doing what you love, and finding your own success. Q&A to follow.
10:25AM “BUILDING YOUR BRAND” WITH VIVIAN CHAN, DAVE PIENDAK, SARAH TOUTANT AND RUBEN DARIO VILLA
Finding your confidence and establishing the relationships that will help you succeed in your career and future goals. Q&A to follow.
11:30 “DINE & DISH” WORKING LUNCH
Connect with peers over lunch while engaging in conversation on various topics.
12:30PM “BUILDING YOUR FUTURE” KEYNOTE ADDRESS WITH DARAIHA GREENE
A conversation on community inclusion and how to forge your own career path.
1:30PM CLOSING REMARKS
Opportunities for student questions and photos will occur after closing remarks.
The half-day event is designed to engage youth in the Southern California community and empower them for the future. Join us in this interactive forum as we showcase a diverse group of speakers, giving attendees the opportunity to learn about breaking barriers, overcoming obstacles, and following their passions and dreams. At #ThisGen, attendees will leave feeling inspired to be courageous, confident and intentional with the choices that impact their lives.
Yes! Ticketed guests attending Saturday, May 11, will enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch at #ThisGen.
On Saturday, May 11, ticketed guests will enjoy the half-day event in Pasadena, which includes two panel discussions, a keynote speaker, a gift bag, complimentary food and beverage, and a special social activity with peers. Check in starts at 8:30 AM PST, with the first panel starting at 9:20 AM PST. A full-length schedule is available on our website.
Individual ticket prices for #ThisGen are $10.00.
Yes, complimentary parking is available at the Pasadena Convention Center. Each ticketed guest will receive parking validation.
#ThisGen on Saturday, May 11, will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center. Please see the event web page for specific details and location information.
#ThisGen is a ticketed event, open to all high school and college-aged youth. The event seating, amenities, and conversation topics are focused toward this specific age group. Please contact our office with any questions.
All tickets are nonrefundable.
Yes, we will make every attempt to accommodate all students. For accessibility information or to request an accommodation please contact (626) 449-4100 or email@example.com. Providing at least 72 hour notice prior to the meeting will help ensure availability.